Join tens of thousands of doctors, health professionals and patients who receive our newsletters. A new study by researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London in the UK claims that individuals who are prone to delusions are more likely to make rushed decisions. A delusion is an irrational belief that something is true, even when there is concrete evidence to the contrary. In their study, recently published in the journal Psychological Medicine, the researchers wanted to better determine the role of delusions in decision-making. Study participants were asked to complete a questionnaire detailing how prone they were to experiencing delusions, before taking part in a computer-based experiment that measured their ability to gather information before making a decision.
In the experiment, participants were asked to watch a screen on which they were shown a sequence of black or white fish that had been caught from one of two lakes.
Rewards were given to the participants if they chose the correct lake, but they received penalties if they chose incorrectly. The researchers found that the more prone to delusions participants were, the more likely they were to decide on a lake earlier than those who were less prone to delusions. He added that past studies have only compared people who are prone to delusions with those who do not experience delusions at all. Earlier this year, MNT reported on a study by a researcher from the University of Adelaide in Australia, in which he claimed delusions can be explained by faulty "reality testing" - the inability of cognitive regions of the brain to correctly run a "story telling" system. Royal Holloway, University of London news release, accessed 30 September 2014 via AlphaGalileo.


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For any corrections of factual information, or to contact our editorial team, please see our contact page. Please note: Any medical information published on this website is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with a health care professional. Based on their observations, the participants were asked to decide which lake was the source of the fish. In other words, delusion-prone subjects failed to gather as much information to ensure they were making the best decision.
McKay says the team found that even participants who had a slight tendency to experience delusions rushed into decisions.
McKay told us he and the team would like to determine exactly why deusion-prone people make premature decisions.
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